Before you make the commitment to owning a pet, please take our quiz to find out whether you’re ready for a furry friend:
1. How big is your home?
a. You could run laps in it.
b. I have adequate space for my needs.
c. I live in a shoebox. With roommates
2. How often are you home?
a. I am a total homebody.
b. I work 40 hours per week and travel occasionally for work and pleasure.
c. I use my apartment to sleep. And sometimes not even for that.
3. How much wiggle room do you have in your monthly budget?
a. Splurge, shmurge. My budget’s a guide, but I have a cushion for whatever I want.
b. I don’t have a ton of room, but could make it work if I had to.
c. My budget is pretty darn tight.
4. Do you tend to plan ahead for the future, or are you more of a free spirit
a. I swear by my daily planner. Nothing takes me by surprise.
b. I take things as they come.
c. Every day is full of the unexpected! Trying to expect anything makes it all less fun.
5. Beyond your budget, do you have spare cash on hand for the next year?
a. Everyone envies my savings stockpile.
b. I’m not rich, but I have enough.
c. I scrounge a lot. Cereal for dinner!
If your answers were…
Mostly As: You’re more than ready to welcome a pet into your life. You’ve got some financial stability, enough room to accommodate an animal, and you plan ahead. You’re clearly not taking this decision lightly.
Mostly Bs: You should probably take some time to think about whether this is the best time to get a pet. You might consider waiting until conditions – financial, living situation, or otherwise – are more ideal.
Mostly Cs: We recommend you wait until you have a more stable schedule/paycheck/living situation. We know that it’s hard to look in an animal’s eyes and not take him or her home, but waiting will be best for both of you. When the time is right, you’ll be able to provide a good, stable home.